08/12/2010 11:49 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Shredded Clothes: Would You Wear Them?

Shredding, one of several trends the class explored, can be a form of rebellion. For as Sarah Cassar, a student, put it, "Your mom wouldn't want you wearing those clothes."

It can also be read as an act of provocation with prurient and, at times, violent undertones. "As if," Ms. Cassar's classmate Alexis Acevedo, suggested, "you were in a frenzy to get at what's just under all those clothes."

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